Apparently some of the country’s most successful authors of fiction work for the General Accountability Office (GAO). They resolved to check on the usefulness of the EPA’s Energy Star rating system that rates “green” appliances. So they created four imaginary companies and filed requests for Energy Star status for twenty fake devices, of which fifteen were approved. My favorite is an air cleaner that was only a feather duster taped to a space heater
Fortune Magazine has the whole story at: How to ‘green’ an appliance.
The challenge of being a novelist is being held to a higher standard for made-up stuff.